Celebrating the Chinese New Year with beef and broccoli
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Crockpot beef & broccoli with rice & homemade fortune cookies: $9.48 for a family of 6 ($1.58 a person)
· Steak $5.98 ($2.99 lb)
· Beef Broth $.50
· 1lb Broccoli $1.00
· Misc liquid ingredients $1.00
· Misc Cookie ingredients $1.00
1-2 lbs Flat Iron, Strip or Skirt Steak, sliced into thin strips
1 can beef broth
1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1 tbsp. sesame oil (regular oil will work fine)
2 Tbsp. Oyster Sauce (optional, but the flavor is amazing)
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp. cornstarch or flour
1lb Frozen or fresh broccoli florets
White rice, cooked
· In a crockpot, whisk together beef broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, and garlic.
· Place the slices of beef in the liquid and toss to coat.
· Turn crockpot on low and cook for 6 hours.
· When done, in a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and 5 Tbsp. of the cooked liquid to create a thickening agent
· Pour into crockpot, stir to mix well. Cook on low for an additional 30 minutes to thicken up the sauce.
· At this time, toss in your broccoli florets to cook for the remaining 30 minutes.
o If you are using frozen broccoli DO NOT THAW
o If using fresh broccoli, there is no need to pre steam.
· Serve over white rice!
HOMEMADE FORTUNE COOKIES
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
1/4 cup sugar
1 large egg white
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 tablespoon water
· Cooking spray, for pans
· Write your fortunes on 12 pieces of paper that are about 1/2-inch wide and 2 1/2-inches long.
· Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
· In a small bowl sift together the flour, cornstarch and sugar.
· In a medium bowl whisk together the egg white, vanilla, oil, and water until smooth. Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until a smooth batter is formed.
· Working in small batches, drop the batter by tablespoons onto a nonstick baking sheet that has been lightly coated with cooking spray. Tilt the baking sheet in a circular motion to spread the batter into 4-inch diameter circles.
· Bake until the edges of the cookies are golden brown, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven, and working quickly, use a spatula to remove the cookies from the baking sheet. Put a fortune into the center of a cookie and fold it in half. Bring the points together with open seams on the outside. Arrange in muffin tins to help keep the shape while cooling.
· Repeat with remaining fortunes and cookies. Transfer to a serving bowl or basket and serve.
Jessica Hacker also has many more inexpensive recipes for your family.